John R. Hall

John Hall Portrait

Position Title
Professor Emeritus



  • Ph.D., University of Washington

Research Focus

  • Theory and Methodology
  • Comparative/Historical Sociology
  • Sociology of Culture and Religion


  • Hall, John R., “The Spectacle of Performance: The Postmodern Hyperreal and Medieval European Play” (1993), “Flashback,” Sociologica 16 (2022): 109-31.

  • Grindstaff, Laura, Ming-Cheng Lo, and John R. Hall, eds. (2019), Handbook of Cultural Sociology, 2nd edition. London: Routledge.

  • Hall, John R., “Bauman liquide” / “Liquid Bauman,” Socio: La nouvelle revue des sciences sociales 8 (June 2017): 59-72.

  • Hall, John R., “Social futures of global climate change: a structural phenomenology,” American Journal of Cultural Sociology 4 (2016): 1-45. DOI: 10.1057/ajcs.2015.12.
  • Hall, John R., "Methodologies, the lifeworld, and institutions in cultural sociology." Qualitative Sociology 37 [2014]: 243-53.
  • Hall, John R., “Religion and violence from a sociological perspective.” Pp. 363-74 in Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts, and Michael Jerryson, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • Hall, John R., and Philip D. Schuyler (2011), "Strip vision of the End." YouTube.
  • Hall, John R. (2009). Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity. Cambridge, England: Polity.
  • Hall, John R. (2003) "Religion and violence: social processes in comparative perspective," In Michele Dillon, ed., Handbook for the Sociology of Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hall, John R. 1999. Cultures of Inquiry: From Epistemology to Discourse in Sociohistorical Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.